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More than 200,000 college and university students participate in internship/cooperative education programs annually and the thousands of cooperating employers throughout the United States who are both mentors and beneficiaries of the extraordinary talent pool are indicative of the emphasis that will be given in the years ahead to 'experience-based learning.'


  • Junior class standing or higher
  • Animal or Dairy Science major not required, but preferred. Other agriculture and/or natural resource majors are conditionally acceptable.

How to Find an Internship

  1. For general questions and information, contact ADVS Internship Faculty Coordinator, Dr. Lyle McNeal. Contact Tami Spackman for an appointment.
  2. Review ADVS Departmental flyers soliciting applicants for advertised established internship programs.
  3. Search the Human Resources job board for job opportunities and internships.
  4. Look at and talk to the following for possible internship opportunities:
    • ADVS advisor
    • USU Co-op Education Office
    • ADVS Department Internship and Placement Committee
    • ADVS faculty
    • Off-campus agriculture-related private enterprises or government agencies

After you have secured an internship:

At least one (1) semester prior to the start of the internship complete the following:

  • Pick up basic student internship application packet from ADVS Internship Office.
  • Submit initial screening application form to ADVS Internship Office for review by the ADVS Internship Coordinator and the Department Internship and Placement Committee.*
  • Set-up initial appointment and meeting with assigned and/or selected "Faculty Intern Contact Person" and review application procedures, i.e., resume, letters of reference, health examination, etc. Prepare and submit a current resume.
  • Have three (3) letters of reference mailed to the ADVS Department Internship Faculty Coordinator. Prefer at least one (1) letter attesting to the student's character, and at least two (2) letters focusing on the student intern applicant's work ethic from previous employers who had a supervisory role.
  • Submit documentation from a physician (M.D.) indicating current health status, physical ailments, allergies, required medication, and any previous conditions that may restrict physical work. The applicant's physical exam should have been conducted within 12 months from when the student plans to be serving as an intern.
  • Purchase and read "Student Manual Cooperative Education Program" booklet from the Career Services and Cooperative Education Office (University Inn, Room 101).
  • Fill out a draft Form #101A and submit to ADVS Internship Office.
  • Leave both your local and permanent home mailing addresses and phone numbers with the ADVS Internship Office.
  • Once intern candidate's internship file is complete, set up an appointment to meet with your Faculty Internship Contact for review or materials and to schedule interviews (if applicable) with prospective employers.

*Screening of application, evaluation, and approval is done by the Department Internship and Placement Committee. The student intern applicant is assigned to a Faculty Intern Contact Person by the committee.
For further information on internships please contact: 

Tami Spackman
ADVS Academic Adviser